Open Call for the Research Residency Program 2025

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Research Residency Program 2025

For international/Japan-based creators

"Research Residency Program" gives opportunities to conduct research on arts and culture in the city of Tokyo, targeting both international and local creators in the field of visual art, film, design, architecture, music, sound art, performing art and curation.


Residency Period: 6 to 12 weeks within either of the following residency periods
① From the beginning of September to the end of November, 2025
② From the beginning of January to the end of March, 2026

Number of Creators: 4 creators  (2 creators per period)
Disciplines: Visual art, film, design, architecture, music, sound art, performing art and curation
What TOKAS Residency offers: Living space (single room)
Studio/workspace: None

Outline/ Application Package
Application Deadline

Deadline for application (documents): July 2 (Tue), 2024, 18:00 (JST)
Deadline for application (materials): July 9 (Tue), 2024, 23:00 (JST)

How to apply

Download the "Outline" and "Application Package" and send all materials to TOKAS Residency.

*You may apply for "International Creator Residency Program," "Local Creator Residency Program," "Curator Residency Program" at the same time. (Please check "Eligibility" in each outline.) Please fill in each of application forms and send them together.

*If you apply as a duo, please see the FAQ below before you apply.

*For Japanese applicants >> go to our website in Japanese.


Q1. Is there an age limit for application?
A. No, there is not.

Q2. I have participated in TOKAS residency program before. Can I apply for these residency programs again?
A. You can apply for Research Residency Program.

Q3. I will be finishing my master's degree soon. Am I eligible to apply for your residency?
A. If you are not a student at the time of participation in the program, and if you have considerable experience in your specialized area of expertise, you are eligible.

Q4. Can I apply for this program as a duo?
A. Yes. Please see also the following FAQ related to "Applying as a Duo."

Application Form

Q5. When I create a document in Adobe Reader, the font size is not adjustable and the text at the end is cut off. What should I do?
A. The application forms have specific settings for font size and number of characters. If you change the settings by yourself, it may cause problems. Please use Adobe Reader to fill in the form so that it fits within the frame of the form.

Letter of Recommendation

Q6. Which contact information should I fill in the form of referees? Contact information of affiliation or his/her personal contact ?
A. Please fill with the contact information of your referee’s affiliation. If your referee works as a freelance, you could put his/her personal contact.

Q7. Is there any format for the letters of recommendation?
A. There is no specific one. Please state the relationship between the applicant and referees, and reasons for recommending the applicant to this program.

Q8. According to the outline, referees should be specialized in the fields of art and culture. Are freelance curators and artists eligible?
A. Yes. Letters of recommendation which state the relationship between the applicant and referees, and reasons for recommending the applicant to this program are valid.

Q9. In case I apply for several residency programs at the same time, do I have to prepare two different letters of recommendation for each program?
A. You can use the same letters for several programs.

Applying as a Duo

Q10. Can we apply together in one single application since we are working as a duo?
A. Please fill in the Application Forms separately and send the forms together. However, please note that Section "Artist Statement, Purpose of your residency and Activity Plan"- 2) and 3) of the Application Form should be the same.

Q11. Do you accept letters of recommendation provided as a duo? Or should we submit 2 individual letters each?
A. We accept 2 letters of recommendation provided for a duo.

Q12. It will be our first time working as a duo, so there is no one whom we can refer to as witness to our past activities as duo. Would it be acceptable for us to just submit one reference letter each pertaining to our individual practices instead?
A. If you haven’t worked as a duo before, please submit 2 letters of recommendations for each member of duo. (4 letters in total)   

Residence Facilities

Q13. What sorts of facilities do you offer to the successful candidates?
A. Please read through Section "TOKAS Residency Facilities" on the Application Outline.

Other questions

Q14. I applied for both of the residency periods. Would it be possible to choose the period by myself if I were selected?
A. You are not able to choose a residency period. We will choose and make the decision.

Q15. Is it possible to travel around Japan for my artwork and research, or am I restricted to remain in Tokyo?
A. Artists participating in the program are expected to focus on their new work during the residency period. If you need to stay outside our residency for your work or research, you have to consult in advance.

Q16. Do I have to fund myself for additional accommodation and travel expenses elsewhere in Japan, or is there any help?
A. We will not provide any financial support for additional accommodation and travel expenses elsewhere in Japan.

Q17. Can I bring my family/partner with me?
A. No. We offer accommodations only for the participating creators.

Q18. Can you refer me to any grants or funding organizations?
A. Unfortunately, TOKAS is unable to help you with grants, so we ask you to search by yourself.


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*For inquiries which are not listed in the FAQ part above, please contact us by e-mail by June 11 (Tue), 2024.
We will update the FAQ on this website after June 17 (Mon), 2024.
Please note that in principle, we cannot answer each inquiry individually.